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05
Sep

2018

La Paz’s 8th Urban Gondola, The Purple Line, Receives Its First Passenger

Purple Line. Image by Mi Teleférico.

In a span of just five years, La Paz has built over 27km (16.2mi) of rapid transit. That’s faster or nearly the same amount of time it takes to complete infrastructure review processes in some North American jurisdictions.

The new Purple Line (Spanish: Línea Morada) which saw its first passenger on Thursday last week marks the third line that directly connects El Alto and La Paz (after the Yellow Line and Red Line) and the second “next-generation” gondola in the Bolivian city (after the Sky Blue Line).

This means that unlike some of the previous cable cars (e.g. Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Orange and White), the new 4.3km urban cable car has upgraded performance abilities with capacities reaching 4,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd) and speeds of 6m/s.

Comparatively speaking, most of the older systems operate with capacities of a thousand persons less and speeds of 1m/s less than the Purple Line.

President Morales once again became the first passenger to board the Purple Line. Image by Cesar Dockweiler.

Purple Line. Image by ATB.

The speed of implementation is mind-boggling at times as some readers might remember that the Sky Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Celeste) was inaugurated less than 30 days ago. For planners who work in North America, it can be hard to imagine how a city can construct so many new rapid transit lines in such short period of time.

Without a doubt, this is a testament to the professionalism of both local decision-makers and the ropeway manufacturer, Doppelmayr, to consistently meet their deadlines and commitments.

Master plan for all 11 urban gondola lines. Image from Mi Teleferico.

With the Purple Line, residents can travel the entire stretch system in just eight minutes. However, the system will be somewhat of an “orphaned” line for about half a year until it the Silver Line (Spanish: Línea Plateada) is opened sometime in Spring 2019. Once that happens, it will significantly enhance connectivity and allow Purple Line passengers to transfer to the rest of the network via the Blue Line, Red Line, and the Yellow Line.

Readers should note that while President Morales has ridden the cable car, the system will not be officially inaugurated for commercial operations until September 26. During his speech, the President promised to construct even more cable car lines to continue improving the lives of its residents.

It’s not clear what that means at this time, but the entire planned network (Spanish: Red de Integracion Metropolitana) is now over 80% and less than 6km (3.7mi) of cable cars are left.





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03
Aug

2018

La Paz Opens 7th Urban Gondola, 8th Line To Open in September

Sky Blue Line began commercial service on July 14th. Image from Mi Teleferico.

Construction works for the world’s largest urban gondola network in La Paz, Bolivia continues to take place at record speeds. Large celebrations took over its street when the president, Evo Morales, was on hand to inaugurate Mi Teleferico’s 7th urban gondola, the Sky Blue Line (Spanish: Línea Celeste), on July 14th.

The 2.6km Sky Blue Line has been designed with 4-stations which helps connect the City’s south zone (Spanish: zona Sur) to the downtown area (Spanish: centro paceño). Along the route, the cable car travels by a number of obstacles/features including a sports field, a ravine, under three iconic bridges (e.g. Trillizos bridge, América bridge and the Gemelo bridge), an open air theatre and even under the existing White Line gondola.

With a maximum speed of 6m/s, end to end travel times will be just 11.8 minutes while maximum capacities will be 4,000 passengers per hour per direction (pphpd). As a comparison, this is equivalent to more than 70 buses every hour!

You might note that the Sky Blue Line is the first of two urban gondola lines in La Paz to open with higher performance capabilities. It’s maximum speeds and line capacity are 20% and 33% higher than the speeds and capacities seen on the six previous lines. In fact, at 4,000 pphpd, the Sky Blue Line will be the first pure public transit MDG system to be designed with such a large capacity. The vast majority of MDGs built in the past typically peaked at around 3,000 pphpd.

Ultimately, greater performance standards will be useful as the Sky Blue Line is connected to three other urban gondola lines (e.g. White Line, Green Line, and Yellow Line).

Evo Morales (Bolivian president) and Cesar Dockweiler (GM of Mi Teleferico) were amongst the first riders of the Sky Blue Line. Image from Los Tiempos.

Sky Blue Line. Image from Mi Teleférico.

As part of the opening remarks, Morales emphatically called the newest cable car, “a dream of the people of La Paz”. Arguably, this statement isn’t really that far from the truth as the Sky Blue system was built in just 366 days!

The entire Mi Teleferico network as a whole is equally as impressive as it has now logged in more than 135 million passengers since the first gondola line opened in 2014. To put that into perspective, this ridership figure is more than 13 times the entire population of Bolivia!

Master plan for all 11 urban gondola lines. Image from Mi Teleferico.

Shortly after the 7th urban gondola opened, officials announced that the Purple Line (Spanish: Línea Morada) will begin commercial service in the first half of September. Similar to the Sky Blue Line, the Purple Line will also operate with higher system speeds and capacities than that were seen on the previous six lines. Effectively, this means that passengers will be able to travel from 6 de Marzo station to Obelisco station in just 16.8 minutes.

As construction is nearing completion, the system is now undergoing test operations.

Purple Line cabins are still being covered by protective wrapping. Image from Pagina Siete.

It’s a little hard to believe at first, but the entire Mi Teleférico master plan is coming together beautifully. By September, more than 70% of the system will be opened with only three lines left to complete (i.e. Brown Line, Silver Line and Gold Line). Urban gondola followers won’t have to wait long as the whole network should be fully built by 2020!

 

 

 



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28
Mar

2018

La Paz Celebrates Opening of Sixth Urban Gondola, the White Line

The 2.9km White Line plays an instrumental role in linking up La Paz-El Alto’s existing urban gondola systems. Image from Cesar Dockweiler.

La Paz-El Alto’s sixth Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) system, the White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca), was officially inaugurated last Saturday. With its opening, the world’s largest and busiest network of urban ropeways is now more than 60% complete.

Thousands of residents, alongside the Bolivian President (Evo Morales), Mi Teleferico’s Executive Manager (Cesar Dockweiler) and the country’s Vice President (Alvaro Garcia Linera) were all in attendance as the festivities kicked-off with musical performances and celebrations. Those who attended were given the opportunity to experience the system for free.

However, regular adult fares were set at 3 Bolivianos (US$0.50) for the first route and then 2 Bolivianos (US$0.28) for each transfer thereafter. Fares for children, seniors, and persons with disabilities are set at half the price of an adult ticket.


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23
Feb

2018

Sky Blue Line and White Line Welcomes Bolivian President

President Evo Morales inspects two new urban gondola lines on the Mi Teleférico. Image by Doppelmayr.

The world’s largest network of ropeways continues to rapidly expand as the White Line (Línea Blanca) and section 1 of the Sky Blue Line (Línea Celeste) are scheduled to enter public service next month in March.

The Bolivian president alongside Doppelmayr representatives were the first riders to test the two new urban gondolas last month. The Sky Blue Line and White Line will dramatically enhance system connectivity by creating four new interchange stations. Collectively, the two new cable cars will enable passengers to one day make convenient transfers to the Orange Line (Línea Naranja), the Brown Line (Línea Café), the Yellow Line (Línea Amarilla) and the Green Line (Línea Verde).

President Morales began his trip at Liberator station on the Sky Blue Line in the south before making his journey northbound to the White Line. The President was impressed with progress of implementation works as he commended the efforts of staff to help modernize the city’s rapid transit system and to help the urban gondola network enter the record books.

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The President was on hand to address the media and congratulate staff on their achievements. Image by Doppelmayr.

Overview map of the entire Mi Teleférico network. Image by Doppelmayr.

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16
Jan

2018

Doppelmayr’s Urban Gondolas Transport 100 Million Riders in La Paz-El Alto

The Red Line (2.3km, 3 stations) is the first of eleven urban ropeways in the world’s highest capital city.  Image by Doppelmayr.

A new milestone has been reached by the world’s largest network of urban gondolas in La Paz-El Alto, Bolivia. Since the Red Line (Spanish: Línea Roja) was first built in 2014 by Doppelmayr, ropeway technology has revolutionized city transport in the two Bolivian cities.

Mi Teleférico, the state company in charge of the projects, announced that its 100th million passenger was transported on November 16, 2017. Five urban gondola lines, spread over 20 stations and totalling 17.6km, have opened in less than four years. Five additional systems are currently under construction and once complete, the entire network will reach nearly 34km.

Doppelmayr congratulates Mi Teleférico for achieving such spectacular results in such a short period of time. By the end of 2018, two more urban gondola systems, the White Line (Spanish: Línea Blanca) and the Sky Blue (Spanish: Línea Celeste) are planned to enter commercial service.

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16
Nov

2017

La Paz Releases New Transit Map

In less than fours years, La Paz has completely transformed its public transportation network. Today, many readers may immediately recognize the city’s famous Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) lines but few may know much about its complementary system of buses (e.g. WaynaBus and LaPazBus).

Unfortunately, the true transport effects of this interconnected network was difficult to comprehend, especially for outsiders, since the city’s transit mapping had yet to fully keep up with the pace of development. That is, until now.

Metropolitan Public Transit Map La Paz El Alto. Image from Issuu.

Last week, the state agency, Mi Teleférico released a new schematic design of its metropolitan transportation network map — showcasing how riders can take full advantage of the linkages between cable car and bus. Taking inspiration from other big city transit maps, La Paz’s metropolitan transport system is now clearly laid out for all riders to see.

With this new map, there’s a lot of symbolism at play for both La Paz and CPT technology. The crisp modern map design not only heralds a new age of development and maturity for La Paz’s rapid transport network, but it also reinforces CPT’s ability to function as a reliable, safe and efficient mode of rapid transit.

As La Paz continues to modernize, it will an exciting time for readers as six more urban gondola line — totalling 16km and 19 stations — are scheduled to open in the upcoming years.



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31
Oct

2017

La Paz Installs Cable on Sky Blue Line (Línea Celeste)

Drone installing cable long first section of the Sky Blue Line. Image from Mi Teleférico.

The Sky Blue gondola (Spanish: Línea Celeste) will be a critical interconnecting transit line in La Paz’s urban cable car network. This past weekend, ropeway specialists were busy at work as they installed the first section (861m) of the Sky Blue Line’s rope between San Jorge Station and Liberator Station.

Once the system is fully built, the 4-station line will unite the city’s South zone with the El Prado area. In turn, users will be able to transfer seamlessly to the White Line at San Jorge Station and to the Green Line and Yellow Line at Liberator Station. Specifically, connectivity at Liberator will be strengthened immensely as it will function as only the second station in the entire cable car network where users can directly transfer between three separate urban gondola lines.

Sky Blue Line. Image from Mi Teleférico.

Similar to the upcoming Purple Line, the Sky Blue Line is built with a maximum speed of 6 m/s (21.6km/h) and a maximum capacity of 4,000 persons per hour per direction. These specs are a noteworthy upgrade from existing gondola lines which have speeds of 5 m/s and directional capacities of 3,000 persons per hour. Effectively, these improvements will help decrease wait and travel times as cabin headways and spacing will be reduced to 9 seconds and 54m respectively.

While construction first kicked off in July 2017, the first section of the cable car (Liberator to San Jorge) is expected to open in early 2018. The remaining sections are scheduled to begin passenger service in mid-2018.

 



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